Nore Valley Walk (Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge section)
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The Nore Valley Walk is the flagship project of Trail Kilkenny. A predominantly riverside walk, it will eventually stretch from Kilkenny City all the way down to Inistioge. Take the bus €3. to Bennettsbridge and walk back to the city.
The Nore Valley walk stretches from Kilkenny city to Inistioge and follow the River Nore.
The walk is divided into three sections:
1. Kilkenny to Bennetsbridge
2. Bennetsbridge to Thomastown
3. Thomastown to Inisitoge
Details the Kilkenny city to Bennetsbridge section.
The Nore Valley Walk starts in Kilkenny city at the Lacken Walk. At the end of Maudlin Street there is a small car park which leads to the Lacken Walk. Follow the Lacken walk to Ossary Bridge and then continue along the Nore Valley Walk. The Nore Valley Walk is signposted from here to Bennetbridge. After 2km along the river bank the trail heads through a laneway and onto the Sion Road. Follow this road for 1.5km then cross a green stile, through a field and back to the river bank. The route takes you through a farmland, ruined mills, woods and then to the village of Bennetsbridge.
This walk also features several of Kilkenny's best cafes, restaurants, hotels and craft shops, many of which date back into the mid-century.
Tips: Picnic: buy a picnic in Kilkenny to eat on the trail. The mills or Primms wood are beautiful places to stop and eat.
Stiles / Bridges: the trail entails crossing a number of stiles and bridges.
River flooding: After periods of high rainfall the trail can be very wet and boggy. Hiking boots or wellingtons are recommended.
Bus Service : Get the RingaLink bus service from Padmore & Barnes/Castle out to Bennetsbridge and walk back to Kilkenny City along the banks of the Nore – this service operate every Saturday throughout the summer months.